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Government nudges local authorities

27/01/2022

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has written a letter to local authorities in England urging them to help support businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors as efficiently as possible. Just before

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Filing obligations for private limited companies

27/01/2022

It is important that anyone responsible for the accounts and tax filing regime for private limited companies is aware of their obligations. After the end of its financial year, a private limited company must prepare full annual accounts and a

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Tax and customs duties for goods sent from abroad

27/01/2022

There are special rules to help ensure that goods sent from abroad are taxed appropriately and to ensure that UK businesses supplying goods in the UK, for example by having to compete with VAT free imports, are not disadvantaged. This includes goods

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How CIS off-set works in practice

27/01/2022

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules for tax and National Insurance for those working in the construction industry. Businesses in the construction industry are known as 'contractors' and 'subcontractors' and should be

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Who should register for Plastic Packaging Tax

27/01/2022

The new Plastic Packaging Tax will come into effect from 1 April 2022. The tax will not apply to any plastic packaging which contains at least 30% recycled plastic, or any packaging which is not predominantly plastic by weight. The tax will be

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VAT Flat Rate Scheme exclusions

27/01/2022

The VAT Flat Rate scheme has been designed to simplify the way a business accounts for VAT and in so doing reduce the administration costs of complying with VAT legislation. Using the Flat Rate scheme, businesses pay VAT as a fixed percentage of

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Tax Diary February/March 2022

27/01/2022

1 February 2022 - Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2021. 19 February 2022 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2022 (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2022). 19

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Leaving gifts to charity in your Will

20/01/2022

The government introduced new rules to encourage charitable giving on death in 2012. The rule which has remained unchanged ever since means that a reduced rate of Inheritance Tax (IHT) of 36% (reduced from 40%) applies where 10% or more of a

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Tax relief for working from home

20/01/2022

If you are an employee working from home, you may be able to claim tax relief for some of the bills you pay that are related to your work. Employers can reimburse employees for the additional household expenses incurred through regularly working at

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Replacement of domestic items in let property

20/01/2022

The replacement of domestic items relief has been in place since April 2016. The relief allows landlords to claim tax relief when they replace movable furniture, furnishings, household appliances and kitchenware in a rental property. The allowance is

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Global minimum Corporation Tax of 15%

20/01/2022

A new consultation has been published by the UK government seeking views for how a worldwide 15% minimum Corporation Tax should be enforced domestically. This follows more than 130 countries signing up to a new global minimum tax framework in October

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HMRC “sweetheart” deals

20/01/2022

HMRC has issued an interesting press release stating that ‘Fact: HMRC does not do ‘sweetheart deals’. HMRC makes sure every taxpayer, no matter what their size, pays everything they owe.’ This denial could be in response to many claims that have

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Company reconstructions – liabilities restriction

20/01/2022

The rules for the Corporation Tax treatment of carried forward losses changed from 1 April 2017. The changes increased flexibility to set off carried forward losses against total profits of the same company or another company in a group whilst at the

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HMRC agree delay in tax return deadline

13/01/2022

HMRC has announced that late filing penalties will be waived for taxpayers that file their 2020-21 Self-Assessment returns by 28 February 2022. The due date of 31 January 2022 remains and HMRC is still encouraging taxpayers to try and meet this

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Delay in implementing late payment penalties

13/01/2022

In tandem with the announcement that no late filing penalties will be issued for 2020-21 Self-Assessment returns submitted by 28 February 2022, HMRC has also confirmed a delay in implementing late payment penalties. This means that taxpayers will not

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Are you registered for Making Tax Digital for VAT?

13/01/2022

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is to be extended to cover businesses with a turnover below the VAT threshold from April 2022. The MTD for VAT regime started in April 2019 when businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 became

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HMRC fraud squad net £1bn from criminals

13/01/2022

HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) was launched in April 2016. The FIS is responsible for HMRC’s civil and criminal investigations into the most serious fraud and wrongdoing. It has been estimated that tax evasion and fraud cost the exchequer

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Omicron funding delivered to local authorities

13/01/2022

Just before the Christmas break, the Chancellor announced a new support package for some businesses most affected by the Omicron variant. The biggest single measure was the re-introduction of one-off grants of up to £6,000 for businesses in the

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